The first track action of the day at the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps got under way promptly at 12:00 local time, and by the end of the 90 minute long session, took to the top two spots on the time sheets.

The #17 BR Engineering BR01 LMP1 of Stephane Sarrazin, Egor Orudzhev and took to the top of the time sheets with a time of 1:56.264, edging out the sister #11 car by almost two seconds.

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s pair of TS050 LMP1 Hybrids finished in third and fourth place, with the #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso lapping a time of 1:58.742, finishing ahead of the sister #7 car by a tenth of a second. The #8 Toyota also logged the most mileage, going 40 laps around the 7.004km long circuit.

ByKolles’s ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1, running a new 4.5 litre V8 GL458 engine sourced from Gibson Technologies, finished the session 9th overall at the hands of Tom Dillmann, Oliver Webb and Paolo Ruberti. The lap time was a 2:03.891.

In LMP2, a lap time of 2:03.441 was sufficient for the #36 A470-Gibson to go fastest in class. This is followed by the #26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01-Gibson and the #29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217.

Racing’s #97 Vantage GTE of Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin lapped identical lap times in the GTE-Pro class with the #67 Ford Performance GT driven by Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. Both cars logged a time of 2:15.290, the fastest in class in the session. This is followed by the #82 BMW Motorsport MTEK M8 GTE.

In GTE-Am, The #86 Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Thomas Preining were quickest in class with a time of 2:17.068, followed by the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE and the #77 Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.

The second free practice session gets under way at Spa at 4:25 pm local time.

Image: Michelin / Porsche Motorsport